see also: Threat
  • (British, America) enPR: thrĕt, IPA: /θɹɛt/

threat (plural threats)

  1. An expression of intent to injure or punish another.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar (play), Act 4, Scene 3
      There is no terror, Cassius, in your threats.
  2. An indication of potential or imminent danger.
  3. A person or object that is regarded as a danger; a menace.
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threat (threats, present participle threating; past and past participle threated)

  1. (transitive) To press; urge; compel.
  2. (transitive, archaic) To threaten.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.vii:
      An hideous Geant horrible and hye, / That with his talnesse seemd to threat the skye […]
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, V. i. 37:
      O yes, and soundless too; / For you have stolen their buzzing, Antony, / And very wisely threat before you sting.
  3. (intransitive) To use threats; act or speak menacingly; threaten.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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